Graham Barrow admits Wrexham can not afford to dwell too long on recording an overdue first win of 2019 against Maidenhead, as he challenged the players to back it up at Boreham Wood.
The Dragons travel to Boreham Wood on Saturday (February 2) as the only team in the top five in Vanarama National League action – the rest have FA Trophy commitments.
And with just one point separating fifth-placed Wrexham and second-placed Salford City, Barrow wants to put pressure on the other teams at the top with a positive result at 14th-placed Boreham-Wood.
“We’ve obviously got to build on it,” he said of Saturday’s defeat of Maidenhead. “We can’t just win a game and then stop again. All the top teams are playing in the Trophy, so Saturday’s a chance to make ground.
“It’s stiff competition but I think it will go to the wire on everything – top spot, second and third, and fourth to seventh.
“It’s usually a two- or three-horse race but it’s obviously not that. We needed a win to stay with it and, now we’ve got the win, we have to build on it.
“I think the structure of the league makes it exciting but it make it nerve-wracking as well. It’s tough for everyone in this league but it will make it exciting for everyone over the next few months.”
Boreham Wood reached the play-off final last season, but find themselves 11 points off the top seven as it stands.
Barrow hopes the pitch at Meadow Park will play into the Dragons’ hands in Saturday’s game.
And he also warned his players against complacency, suggesting he is not afraid to shuffle the team even after last weekend’s win, as he looks for a first away win since November.
“It’s a good pitch. That’s the outstanding thing for me going there. I was amazed when I went with AFC Fylde last year. That really is inviting and hopefully we can respond to that,” Barrow said.
“I think we’re in a position now, with the players we’ve signed, you might even change a winning team. Games from now are going to be a bit more tactical and we need to sort the away form.
“I think we’ve seen it’s not been easy for players to settle in. You usually sign players [at this time of year] that haven’t been playing. But they’ve had a bit of time now and we’re going to carry on this week in the same mode. The squad is strong.”